Hot Box Cafe and Shop in Kensington Market a Good Model for Pot Shop Regulation

Article by Joe Warmington, Toronto Sun

WARMINGTON: Kensington Market business a good model for pot shop regulation Joe Warmington The house rules at Hotbox located in Kensington Market in Toronto, Ont. on Wednesday April 3, 2019. Hotbox is a cannabis culture gathering spot where you can consume (outside only), but not purchase. Ernest Doroszuk / Toronto Sun

Abi Roach is the kind of person whom the Ford government’s new pot retail sales model was built for.

Her famous Hot Box Cafe and Shop is the kind of place that should be included among businesses granted a licence to sell cannabis legally.

At the corner of Augusta Ave. and Baldwin St. in the heart of Kensington Market, it has been the centre of a legalization debate for almost 20 years and is ‘cannabis culture’ personified.

For marijuana enthusiasts, Hot Box is Mecca.

And as more stores are granted permission to sell the legal product, knowledgeable Abi is a no-brainer to be included.

“We are working towards it,” she tells me. “We are following all the rules.”

The way it is set up now, people who purchase legal pot or who are growing themselves the legal amount they are permitted, are allowed to come to her patio partake in her legal product.

But she has signs making it clear you can’t buy it or sell it on her premises.

“We have been working with Smoke Free Ontario and bylaw people,” she said.

She doesn’t want anybody in any authority position to think she is thumbing her nose at the law. It’s on the contrary.

“We want to do this right,” she said.

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